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Laguna El Peral is a wetland situated in the southern end of the village Las Cruzes, Central Chile. This reserve is now managed by CONAF (Corporacion Nacional Forestal de Chile) which is the government agency managing national parks and forests.


Notable Species

Laguna El Peral is known as a good place for both Many-colored Rush Tyrant and Wren-like Rushbird, and at least in the past, have been a good location for Black-headed Duck.


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Birds you can see here include:

Pied-billed Grebe, White-tufted Grebe, Great Grebe, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Stripe-backed Bittern, Cattle Egret, Black-necked Swan, Yellow-billed Pintail, Red Shoveler, Black-headed Duck, Lake Duck, Plumbeous Rail, Spot-flanked Gallinule, White-winged Coot, Red-gartered Coot, Red-fronted Coot, American Oystercatcher, Brown-hooded Gull, Franklin's Gull, Picui Ground-Dove, Striped Woodpecker, Wren-like Rushbird, Plain-mantled Tit-Spinetail, Rufous-tailed Plantcutter, Tufted Tit-Tyrant, Many-colored Rush Tyrant, Chilean Swallow, House Wren, Chilean Mockingbird, House Sparrow, Grassland Yellow-Finch, Yellow-winged Blackbird, Shiny Cowbird, Austral Blackbird (this list is not complete)

Other Wildlife

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Site Information

History and Use

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Areas of Interest

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Access and Facilities

The main road from Las Cruzes to San Sebastián pass along the eastern side of the laguna. Take the road leading west along the southern edge of the laguna, use the first right and you will find the entrance at the north-west corner of the area. In December 2009, registration was required but access was free. Inside the fence there is a trail that is at least partly a loop leading to three observation platforms. The Wren-like Rushbird was seen and heard at the first two while Many-colored Rush Tyrant was found at the third. If there is time, walk the southern edge of the park on the public road, as that may lead to additional observations.

Contact Details

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External Links

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